BME Womens advocacy group Imkaan recently released a report into the provision of specialist services for women in the UK who experience sexual and domestic violence. A piece of evidence in this document stated: "We haven't come across any commissioners that understand issues affecting BME women."
Can you provide me with a response which outlines what work you have done and/or will do with regard to the recommendations put forward by Imkaan below?
"Identify and develop collaborative working relationships with sexual violence and BME VAWG specialist organisations.
Work with local partners and experts on sexual violence/equalities issues to conduct a local needs assessment/audit of local service provision to identify policy and service gaps as part of producing a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA).
Use the information to inform local strategies to ensure that services are reflective and responsive to local need. This should and could include developing the capacity and sustainability of specialist sexual violence and BME VAWG organisations to develop appropriate service responses."